Definition of shrimp
1 : any of numerous mostly small and marine decapod crustaceans (suborders Dendrobranchiata and Pleocyemata) having a slender elongated body, a compressed abdomen, and a long spiny rostrum and including some (especially family Penaeidae) that are commercially important as food; also : a small crustacean (such as an amphipod or a branchiopod) resembling the true shrimp
2 usually disparaging : a very small or puny person or thing
shrimplikeplay \ˈshrimp-ˌlīk, ˈsrimp-\ adjective
shrimpyplay \ˈshrim-pē, ˈsrim-\ adjective
Examples of shrimp in a Sentence
He's a little shrimp of a boy.
the boy was just a shrimp until his teens, when he had a growth spurt
Recent Examples of shrimp from the Web
With bourbon nuts, duck egg toast, and shrimp and grits on the menu, not much looked familiar.
After 10 minutes, fold in the pepper, shrimp, and cilantro leaves.
Highlights include lobster raviolo, crustacean paella, soft-shell crab salad, smoked rock shrimp potato salad and Santa Barbara spot prawn scampi.
Rough seas also led to the rescue of a shrimp trawler in danger of sinking off the coast of Texas.
So far, the company has come up with several recipes, including ravioli with Swedish meatballs (um, yum), salmon with lemon and herbs and shrimp with tomatoes and olives.
The book's food photos feature things like jellied cod fish ringed with alternating green and black olives, garnished with a quartet of whole shrimp posed like dancing girls.
Shrimp and small worms (small piece of sand worm) are the keys to success.
Fish ceviche is made with swai (Vietnamese catfish), and the mixed ceviche has squid rings, shrimp and swai in citrus juice with yucca fries and rocoto chile sauce.
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Origin and Etymology of shrimp
Middle English shrimpe; akin to Middle Low German schrempen to contract, wrinkle, Old Norse skorpna to shrivel up
Definition of shrimp
: to fish for or catch shrimp
First Known Use of shrimp
SHRIMP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shrimp for English Language Learners
: a small shellfish that has a long body and legs and that is eaten as food
: a very small or unimportant person
SHRIMP Defined for Kids
Definition of shrimp for Students
1 : a small shellfish of the sea that is related to the crabs and lobsters and is often used for food
2 : a very small or unimportant person or thing
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